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Panel on Plant Health

The Panel is concerned with issues on plant pests and organisms that can harm plants, plant products and biological diversity.

Assessment of manure and digestive tract content from slaughterhouses as a pathway for weeds and plant pests

Assessment of manure and digestive tract content from slaughterhouses as a pathway for weeds and plant pests

Culture plants are exposed to many different pests. Only a small number of pests survive in animal stomach and in manure. Among these are a few who have limited geographic coverage today, and they can expand their area through the proliferation of gastric contents and manure from slaughterhouses for farmland.
[15.11.2016] Read more
Risk assessment on cockspur in Norway

Risk assessment on cockspur in Norway

Cockspur grass will probably continue to spread in Norway, concludes the Scientific committee for Food Safety in Norway (VKM) in a new risk assessment. The assessment behind this conclusion is that the weed has some non-specific pathways for spread (e.g. relocation of soil) and suitable crops/habitats are widely present in some parts of the country.
[31.05.2016] Read more